A Business School for a World in Transition

CEU Business School

Faculty members have earned degrees or taught at institutions such as Yale, Harvard Business School, MIT, New York University, Wharton, ESSEC, London Business School, Cambridge, INSEAD and Princeton. Lecturers from the industry and new ventures bring practical, highly relevant insights to courses as well. International employers ranked CEU Business School #22 in Europe overall.

What's Special About the CEU Business School Experience
- Earn an American MBA degree in the heart of Europe
- Be part of a truly international student body
- Learn by doing. You'll work with a student consulting team on real challenges facing companies
- Develop an understanding of the role of business in society
- Create a startup company as part of our new venture course
- Travel to New York City to study in the world's business capital at no additional tuition cost (full-time and executive MBA programs)
- Take advantage of various dual degree and exchange programs with renowned institutions in Western Europe, the US and Asia (full-time and executive MBA programs)
- Enjoy the rich cultural and social life in beautiful Budapest at a lower cost than in most capital cities

Programs in Brief

Accelerated One-year MBA
This 11-month, comprehensive MBA Program is modern, extremely diverse and relevant, emphasizing entrepreneurship, innovation, finance, action learning, leadership, creativity, business and society, and sustainability. The program allows a great deal of flexibility to tailor course selections to individual goals and interests.

Katalyst Executive MBA (EMBA)
This 22-month, weekend program is designed for working professionals who want to earn the same high-quality MBA degree as full-time students without career interruption and to apply their new knowledge immediately. Most EMBA students are from Hungary or neighboring countries; several fly in from more distant locations.

IMM Global Executive MBA
This 20-month, multi-partner program includes five 2-week intensive residencies in different countries. Participants maintain professional responsibilities while acquiring a broad range of advanced managerial skills. Five leading partner schools in the U.S., The Netherlands, Hungary, Brazil and China jointly offer the IMM Program.

MSc in IT Management
This program can be completed on a full or part-time basis. It provides a bridge between technical expertise and the business needs of every kind of organization. It is designed to help those with technical backgrounds as well as those with broader experience prepare for technology-related leadership positions and even to create their own high-tech start-ups.

Master's in Finance
This program, available in full and part-time formats, is designed for professionals who want to accelerate their financial careers, move into the finance profession, or enhance their financial skills for other roles. In addition to state-of-the-art professional finance, the program covers psychological/cognitive aspects and the social impact of finance at both the macro and micro levels.

MSc in Business Analytics
This 10-month program is also available in full-time or part-time formats. Launched by the Business School and the Economics department of Central European University, this new interdisciplinary program offers a full spectrum of skills and knowledge necessary for business analysts to create value from big data and other sources of quantitative information while emphasizing the management and economic aspects of how data creates value.


Program Info

Name of School: CEU Business School
Ranking: #22 in Europe overall according to international and regional employers
Accreditation: America (New York State Department of Education), Europe (Association of MBAs)

Accelerated One-year MBA
Program Format: Full-Time
Start Date: September
Duration: 11 months

Katalyst Executive MBA
Program Format: Part-time (every third weekend)
Start Date: October/March 
Duration: 22 months

IMM Global Executive MBA
Program Format: Modular, Multi-Country
Start Date: March
Duration: 20 months

Student Body

Number of Nationalities: Close to 100 at Central European University; over 50 in the Business School. No dominant national culture.
Katalyst Executive MBA (EMBA 2015 class)
Men: 81% Women: 19%
Average Age: 34
Industry Background:
IT: 26%
Finance and Banking: 16%
Consulting: 12%
Manufacturing: 9%
Other: 37% (Retail, Pharma, Non-Profit, Education, Automobile, Marketing)

Length of Work Experience:
3-5 years 4%
5-10 years 40%
10+ years 56%

Accelerated One-year MBA (FTMBA 2014 class )
Men: 53% Women: 47%
Average Age: 33
Industry Background:
Consulting: 17%
Finance and Banking: 7%
IT: 23%
Government: 13%
Education: 10%
Retail: 7%
Marketing: 7%
Other: 16% (Agriculture, NGO, Manufacturing, Construction)
Length of Work Experience:
3-5 years 17%
5-10 years 43%
10+ years 40%


Accelerated One-year MBA: Min. Work Experience 3 years
Katalyst Executive MBA: Min. Work Experience 5 years
IMM Executive MBA: Min. Work Experience 5 years
University Degree: Bachelor's
GMAT: average 630
English Proficiency Tests:
Min. IELTS: 6.5


Accelerated One-year MBA: 15,500 EUR (includes all assigned reading materials)
Executive MBA: 16,000 EUR (includes all assigned reading materials)
International Executive MBA: 58,000 EUR (including meals and accommodation)
Living costs: EUR 600/month (including accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance)
Tuition Reduction
15% for alumni of CEU degree programmes
Accelerated One-year MBA: Up to three CEU Leadership Scholarships covering the full tuition and two covering 50% of tuition are granted for the full-time program each year
Accelerated MBA and MSc in Finance: The NASDAQ-CEU Business School Scholarship Program offers three scholarships covering full tuition for the Accelerated One-year MBA or MSc in Finance programs.



Graduates of CEU Business School are members of a diverse and influential community connected around the globe by a shared experience. They’re also part of Central European University’s even bigger community. The Business School itself has over 1800 graduates in over 75 countries, while CEU has 10,000+ graduates living, working and making a difference in more than 100 countries. This global network offers a wealth of knowledge and excellent networking opportunities. CEU holds regular networking events and reunions all over the world, including places like Brussels, London and New York.



Andrea G. Szilagyi

Alumni Relations Manager


+36 1 887 5156



Dean: Prof. Mel Horwitch
MBA Programme Director: Prof. Tibor Vörös, Prof. Yusaf Akbar
Information about program details and application: Ms. Mirjam Simpson-Logonder SimpsonM@business.ceu.edu 
Admissions Manager: Ms. Agnes Schram schrama@business.ceu.edu 
Address: 30-34 Frankel Leó út, 1023 Budapest, Hungary
Telephone: +36-1-887-5064 

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